But Sunday afternoon it all went up in smoke as a four-alarm fire of unknown origin devoured the structure, damaging it so severely that only the stone walls were left standing on Chestnut Street between 33rd and 34th Streets. No one was hurt, however, as over 100 firemen battled the blaze.
Dean Gary Hack of the Graduate School of Fine Arts held out little hope of salvage Monday at presstime, as the Philadelphia Fire Marshal and representatives of Licenses & Inspections began investigating the cause of the fire and the condition of the site--partly to determine whether it is safe to leave the damaged walls standing or remove them immediately for safety.
Volume 43 Number 25
March 11, 1997
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